DSF and coalition seek investigation for further protection of Atlantic salmon

By John Holyoke – BDN staff. After being rebuffed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Department of Marine Resources, a group of conservation groups and individuals is remaining steadfast in its effort to have the state conduct an investigation into whether Atlantic salmon deserve inclusion on the Maine list of endangered species.
In June, that group of 10 groups and six individuals wrote to the DIF&W seeking an investigation. However, a month later in July, DIF&W commissioner Judy Camuso and marine resources commissioner Patrick Keliher replied saying they didn’t think state listing was needed, citing ongoing federal Endangered Species Act protection for the species, and cooperation between state, federal and non-governmental organizations on salmon conservation efforts.
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Ellsworth Dam Update

Brookfield Renewable continues to avoid the problems faced by migrating eels and alewives on the Union River. Starting on September 24 DSF staff and volunteers began monitoring and observing fish kills below the Ellsworth Dam. This video from September 24, 2020 demonstrates the real and ongoing fish kill at Brookfield’s dam in Ellsworth.

DSF has filed complaints to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding this ongoing event.  Read more here: https://elibrary.ferc.gov/eLibrary/filelist?accession_num=20201008-5111
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DEP denies permit critical to Ellsworth dam license renewal

DEP denies permit critical to Ellsworth dam license renewal

 

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Improving Salmon Seeding Strategy on Downeast Rivers

From spawning to seeding, Atlantic salmon restoration thrives on cooperation, technology

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It’s a cold February morning, and three scientists are in a pickup truck, bouncing their way over miles of frozen blueberry barrens. They stop next to a shuttered cabin and prepare for work, donning insulated waders and lifting backpacks. <<CONTINUE READING>>

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Group dedicated to protecting fish and habitat meets in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) – More than 50 people in Ellsworth Wednesday night talked about ways to keep streams, rivers, and fish safe here in Maine. <Read More>

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Un-Dam It: Inside the Era of Freeing Eastern Rivers

By Tom Keer

Feb 12, 2020

When I first heard that the Edwards Dam on Maine’s Kennebec River was coming down, I couldn’t believe my ears. The 917-foot-long dam, built in 1837 from an early mix of concrete and timber, existed in some form or fashion for 162 years until it was demolished in 1999.  <Read More>

https://www.themeateater.com/conservation/habitat/un-dam-it-inside-the-era-of-freeing-eastern-rivers

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New smelt study will help record once-rich Maine resource

BY DEIRDRE FLEMINGSTAFF WRITER

Biologists are recruiting citizen scientist volunteers to locate and count spawning smelt.

The entire Maine coast once came alive with smelt runs as millions of silvery fish left the ocean each spring and raced up more than 300 rivers to spawn. The small, skinny, translucent fish were pursued by throngs of fishermen, both for recreational pleasure and commercial bait, the latter in such abundance it was sold and shipped to dealers in Boston. <Read More>

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Taking stock of a Downeast river | Island Institute

By Jon Keller

Five degrees above zero and the wind peels northwest. Sky and river both black dark. Headlights shine in the small parking lot. The wind howls, rocks the truck. Out there in the headlight shine lies a slick mud bank and a river of churning brown water.

Bobby Beal’s at the wheel. He’s a local clam digger and lobster fisherman and tuna fisherman; a hunter and trapper and taxidermist and registered Maine guide. If there’s an animal that needs to be tracked, caught, trained, tamed, saved, or killed, Bobby is the man to do it. 

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Hydroelectric station removed on Denny’s River in Meddybemps

WABI’s Joy Hollowell was on hand as DSF removed the hydroelectric turbine: https://www.wabi.tv/video/?vid=566762652

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Fox Bangor’s Kayla Hevey joined DSF and Unity College stocking Atlantic Salmon in the East Machias River on October 16, 2019

EAST MACHIAS – The Downeast Salmon Federation, with the help from Unity College freshmen, released around 15,000 Atlantic salmon into the East Machias River.

“Salmon are endangered species, which means there aren’t many coming back to Maine. In fact, I think last year there were less than 1,000 that came back to all Maine rivers so they’re critically endangered,” said Zach Sheller, hatchery manager of the Downeast Salmon Federation.

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